244 Greene, Room 815
B.A., English, Yale University, 1999
M.A., English, Northwestern University, 2002
Ph.D., English, Northwestern University, 2006
Jenny C. Mann is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in English and Gallatin. Mann is a scholar of early modern English literature and culture. Her research focuses on the relationship between rhetoric, natural philosophy, the history of sexuality, and literary expression in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Her teaching takes an interdisciplinary, problem-based approach to a broad range of topics in early modern studies, with an emphasis on utopia and literature/science studies. Her first book, Outlaw Rhetoric: Figuring Vernacular Eloquence in Shakespeare’s England (Cornell University Press, 2012), argues that the translation of classical rhetoric into the everyday vernacular becomes a means of literary invention in the sixteenth century, turning classical figures of transport and exchange into native stories of fairies and Robin Hood. Her second book, The Trials of Orpheus: Poetry, Science, and the Early Modern Sublime (Princeton University Press, 2021), examines the key role the Orpheus story played in helping early modern writers and natural philosophers understand the mechanisms of rhetorical force. She is currently at work on a new research project exploring problems of self-reference in utopian literature from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. Prior to coming to NYU, Mann taught at Cornell University, where she served as Director of Graduate Studies in English. In addition to her academic and scholarly work, Mann pursues public humanities engagement in collaboration with the Public Shakespeare Initiative at the Public Theater in New York.
literature and culture of early modern England; classical literature; poetics; rhetoric; literary theory; history of science; literature/science studies; philology; gender studies; history of sexuality; utopia; science fiction